The colonial heritage and its renewed aftermaths – expressed in the inter-American experiences of slavery, indigeneity, dependence, and freedom movements, to mention only a few aspects – form a common ground of experience in the Western Hemisphere. The flow of peoples, goods, knowledge and finances have promoted interdependence and integration that cut across borders and link the countries of North and South America together. The nature of this transversally related and multiply interconnected region can only be captured through a transnational, multidisciplinary, and comprehensive approach.

The Routledge Handbook to the History and Society of the Americas explores the history and society of the Americas, placing particular emphasis on collective and intertwined experiences. Forty-four chapters cover a range of concepts and dynamics in the Americas from the colonial period until the present century:

  • The shared histories and dynamics of Inter-American relationships are considered through pre-Hispanic empires, colonization, European hegemony, migration, multiculturalism, and political and economic interdependences.
  • Key concepts are selected and explored from different geopolitical, disciplinary, and epistemological perspectives.
  • Highlighting the contested character of key concepts that are usually defined in strict disciplinary terms, the Handbook provides the basis for a better and deeper understanding of inter-American entanglements.

This multidisciplinary approach will be of interest to a broad array of academic scholars and students in history, sociology, political science cultural, postcolonial, gender, literary, and globalization studies.

part Part I|192 pages

History and society in the Americas from the 16th to the 19th century

chapter 1|21 pages


History and society in the Americas from the 16th to the 19th century. The bigger picture
ByJosef Raab, Stefan Rinke

chapter 2|6 pages


ByStefan Rinke

chapter 3|8 pages


ByErnesto Mercado Montero

chapter 4|9 pages

Colonial economies

ByJuan Marchena Fernández

chapter 5|10 pages

Colonial rule

ByEduardo Cavieres

chapter 6|8 pages

Columbian exchange

ByCharles C. Mann

chapter 7|9 pages

Conquest and colonization

ByChristoph Strobel

chapter 8|6 pages


ByThomas O. Beebee

chapter 9|11 pages


ByMaría Amelia Viteri, Cristina Yépez Arroyo

chapter 10|11 pages

Independence movements

ByRoberto Breña

chapter 11|13 pages

Indigenous peoples

ByAlice Nash

chapter 12|10 pages

Interethnic relations

ByIzaskun Álvarez Cuartero

chapter 13|10 pages


ByLilia Rebeca Rodríguez Torres, María del Carmen de la Peza

chapter 14|8 pages

Memorial culture

ByScott Manning Stevens

chapter 15|12 pages


BySilke Hensel

chapter 16|10 pages

Nation and state building

ByStefan Rinke, Mirko Petersen

chapter 17|9 pages

Religion and missionizing

ByClaude Gélinas

chapter 18|13 pages


ByChristine Hatzky

chapter 19|8 pages

Unfree labor

ByChristine Hatzky

part Part II|276 pages

History and society in the Americas in the 20th and 21st centuries

chapter 20|17 pages


History and society in the Americas in the 20th and 21st centuries. Inter-American thresholds and critical key concepts
ByOlaf Kaltmeier, Michael Stewart Foley, Mario Rufer

chapter 21|6 pages


ByGuiomar Rovira

chapter 22|8 pages


ByRodrigo Parrini, Nattie Golubov

chapter 23|10 pages


ByGustavo Blázquez

chapter 24|13 pages


ByStefan Peters, Adriana Serrudo

chapter 25|11 pages


ByChristian Büschges

chapter 26|9 pages


ByCornelia Giebeler

chapter 27|12 pages


ByDonovan Hernández

chapter 28|7 pages

Gender identities

ByKarina Bidaseca, Julia Roth

chapter 29|9 pages


ByNúria Homedes, Antonio Ugalde

chapter 30|12 pages

Hybridity, mestizaje, créolité

ByAfef Benessaieh

chapter 31|11 pages


ByOlaf Kaltmeier

chapter 32|9 pages


ByJulia Roth

chapter 33|8 pages


ByLuz Angélica Kirschner

chapter 34|8 pages

Memory politics

ByLudmila da Silva Catela, Michael Stewart Foley

chapter 35|10 pages


ByFrederik Schulze

chapter 36|5 pages


ByEduardo Restrepo

chapter 37|9 pages


ByPablo Alabarces

chapter 38|14 pages

Postcolonialism and decoloniality

ByMario Rufer

chapter 39|10 pages


ByPeter Wade

chapter 40|12 pages

Religious beliefs

ByHeinrich Wilhelm Schäfer

chapter 41|14 pages

Social movements

ByLeón Enrique Ávila Romero

chapter 42|7 pages


ByMarc Becker

chapter 43|11 pages


ByMaría del Carmen de la Peza, Michael Stewart Foley

chapter 44|10 pages

Transnational migration

ByGilberto Rescher

chapter 45|12 pages


ByLawrence A. Herzog

chapter 46|11 pages


ByMaría Teresa Garzón Martínez